, Volume 395, Issue 0, pp 365–378 | Cite as

Shallow urban lakes: a challenge for lake management

  • Stephen Birch
  • Janice McCaskie


Urban lakes are very different from other lakes: they are shallow, highly artificial and often hypertrophic yet more people come into contact with them than rural, natural lakes. Our knowledge of their ecology and management is poor. This paper describes a project under the EU Life programme to understand and ecologically manage the most important urban lakes in the London Borough of Wandsworth. One main lake has been evaluated: Battersea Park Lake. The magnitude of anthropogenic impacts are quantified and remedies explored. Computer-based decision trees for urban lake management have been developed and are illustrated.

urban lakes eutrophication wildfowl management education 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Birch
    • 1
  • Janice McCaskie
    • 2
  1. 1.SGS EnvironmentLiverpoolU.K
  2. 2.Wandsworth Borough CouncilLondonU.K

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